Understanding this, leading-edge cities are shifting to mandatory policies. The most powerful of these is a building performance standard (BPS).
You can also see this infographic for a short visual explanation of a BPS.
What is a Building Performance Standard?
A BPS policy can include multiple standards, each targeted to increase performance for a different aspect of a building. These can include energy, gas, and water use, as well as emissions and peak energy demand. These targets become stricter over time, driving continuous, long-term improvement in the building stock. BPS complements building energy codes; the two strategies work in tandem to improve building performance. A BPS applies to a broad swath of buildings even when they are not pulling permits. From a building owner perspective, BPS provides flexibility, as owners can use whatever technologies and operational strategies they decide are most effective and economical to meet the target.
Looking for More Info?
As a leader in building performance policy, IMT is on the ground helping cities explore, develop, and execute these policies. At the same time, we are helping building owners and tenants participating in policy development while also identifying and overcoming barriers to improving their buildings ahead of compliance deadlines. A growing set of resources are compiled and updated on a regular basis. In addition, IMT is available to answer individual questions. Contact us at imtweb[at]imt.org.